Since the early 18th century, the Hamilton family has owned and run the Hjelmsäter Estate. Edvard Hamilton is the present manager. He explains that the philosophy to manage the estate for coming generations is strong, and that’s obvious.

Hjelmsäter was one of the first companies to start a production of biochar in Sweden. Production of charcoal through pyrolysis has been around since the medieval times. But here we are talking about modern production, also through pyrolysis, that has been in the works for over 10 years. Now, it seems that a breakthrough is close, thanks to boilers that optimizes the process with computer power, and equipment that make the handling easier.


The soil at Hjelmsäter Estate is so thin that it’s difficult to get a plough in the ground. If you are the owner of such soil, have read about the traditional practices in the Amazon, and also need to heat up your house, you may come to the conclusion that to invest in a biochar plant could be a good idea. And Edvard has done exactly this on some of the land he is managing for the coming generations.

He didn’t have to wait long for the result…

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